John Muir’s Birthplace – a Photo Essay

John Muir will be forever linked with the High Sierra and California, but it was far from there that his life began, in the little coastal town of Dunbar on the southeast coast of Scotland.

Backpacking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Photo Essay

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, situated in the southwestern Highlands, is Scotland's first national park, encompassing a beautiful area of mountains, forests, rivers, and lochs surrounding Loch Lomond itself, the largest lake in Britain.

Sigma DP1 Review

The Sigma DP1 is a unique compact camera with a large sensor capable of taking superb quality photos but it is slow to use with some poor design features.

Winter in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

The Cairngorm Plateau consists of bare, stony undulating terrain and can seem benign in clear, summer weather. However it's edged with cliffs and steep slopes, and poor visibility is common as clouds sweep across the slopes. Join Chris Townsend as he crosses the Plateau on a freezing winter day.

Autumn in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Reminisce about the warm colors of the fall with Chris Townsend's evocative photography.

Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking

Cold & wet: really only good when it describes your dog's nose. But you can still be comfy in these conditions with the right (lightweight) gear.

Paramo Waterproof Directional Clothing

Waterproof clothing without coatings or membranes: how they do it and how it works.

PHD Design Your Own Sleeping Bag

Chris Townsend walks us through the PHD Design Your Own Bag feature online.

Pertex/Pile History and Products

Chris Townsend and the Pertex/Pile Revolution.

Light Packs for Heavy Loads: State of the Market Report

Chris Townsend reviews the options in lightweight packs for heavy loads.

Sandals for Summer Backpacking

Chris Townsend shares his sandal wearing experience.

Friedrichshafen & Salt Lake City

Chris Townsend's report on the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and how it compares to Salt Lake City's Outdoor Retailer Show.

Yellowstone in Winter: An Igloo Traverse in America’s Oldest National Park

Chris Townsend explores Yellowstone during the winter in a group igloo expedition with skis, snowshoes, and pulks.

Backpacking Scotland – Dealing With the Wet and Cold (Photo Essay & Gear List)

What kinds of gear and clothing are optimal for wet, windy, and cold Scottish weather?

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